• Subject: Re: One more example for today !
  • From: "Jevgeni Astanovski" <jevgeni@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 13:43:55 +0200 (EET)

> From:          "Phil Hall" <hallp@ssax.com>
> To:            <C400-L@midrange.com>
> Subject:       One more example for today !

> Here's a little example of using the Dynamic Screen Manager (DSM) API's. It
> requests a user supplied number of ephemeral ports from OS/400 - I used it
> to test a error when the OS returned negative port numbers on a old release,
> but what it does, doesn't really matter it's real use now is for showing the
> DSM API's
> 

This example was of great interest for me.
Thanks, Phil.
And not because of ports fiddling, but because of DSM. It's a real 
fun! I really like it, though never used before.
There reason why I decided to write here is one thing that bothers me 
as long as  I am writing on C/400 - 2 years.
When I read Frank Soltis book, I found out that OS/400 was mostly 
written on C/C++. O'k, its my favorite language. I write it with 
pleasure for more than 10 years.
What I could not ever understand is why C/400 is IBM's UNBELOVED 
child? There is damned lot books on RPG, but why should I learned 
this ill language?
Try to find a book, covering C/400! If you succeed, drop me a message 
also!
I do not even want to talk on IBM manuals. They are written using a 
language, ment not to explain things, but rather make them more 
complicated. Examples are partly missing, partly they are wrong.
I picked up a manual, covering DSM, it is unreadable! What I did - 
just experimented this and that way and written my first piece, that 
reads a field from window, processes and prints there a result.
What's the matter, why there are books, similar to K&R, covering 
C/400 specific features! I cannot evaluate RPG books, but at least 
their amount makes me think, that you can select there 
something.......

Sorry, may be it's out of theme, but I think, that this particular 
community will understand and forgive me.....


Jevgeni Astanovski, 
IT Hooldusosakonna juhataja                                
Optiva Pank.
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